Marathon effort to raise thousands for Research Centre

Aaron (far right) with his dad, son and grandson
Aaron (far right) with his dad, son and grandson

A father of two is preparing to take part in the London Marathon next month and is hoping to raise thousands for Prostate Cancer Research Centre in memory of his dad.

Aaron McSkimming, of Chalton, wants to help the Prostate Cancer Research Centre so that other families will not have to lose a loved one to the disease. Aaron lost his father in 2015, after a two year battle with Prostate Cancer.

He said: “I wanted to raise money for a charity that is trying to help others, I know how the disease affects the patient and their family.

“We saw what it did to my mum and the family when my dad was having the treatment and when he passed away. I want to raise money for the research centre so that another family won’t have to go through what we went through.”

Aaron has already raised £11,350, he said: “I am taking the fundraising and the marathon very seriously. I have always been a runner, I used to do a 10k run once a week, but I have upped that over the last few months and I am to do that at least three times a week and further at the weekends.

“This is the first time I have done a marathon and I hope I am able to complete it, and in less than five hours. This is one of the best things I have ever done.”

The Prostate Cancer Research Centre invited their charity runners to their facility in Guy’s Hospital in London to see the research centre and the work they do there.

The centre is funding research that leads towards new treatments for the advanced diagnosis and a cure for Prostate Cancer.

Aaron added: “It was really good to visit the centre and see the research they are doing, it shows where the money you raise is actually going and how it will help.”

To make a donation and help Aaron raise £12,500, go to: www.virginmoneygiving.com/aaronmcskimming.